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General News 2024

Deonna Purrazzo assesses Mercedes Mone’s impact on AEW

Deonna Purrazzo has been touted by AEW as one of the top signings, and the same, if not more, can be said for Mercedes Mone, who firmly established herself in WWE’s main event ranks before going her own way. Speaking to “SHAK Wrestling,” Purrazzo assessed Mone’s role in AEW, and whether she believes the TBS champion is taking the women’s division to the next level.

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“She has such a strong presence in our division and she brings so much more attention, eyes and fans to our division,” Purrazzo explained. Purrazzo then speculated that Mone has likely had the same doubts about reestablishing herself in a new wrestling scene and proving herself to her fans and herself, but believes the TBS champion has proven herself at Double or Nothing. “To see her and Willow absolutely screw it up, they – what they did at Double or Nothing was phenomenal. I think that validated the same thing – for us it validated her, but I think it validated her a little bit again, and sometimes I think that’s more important.”

Some fans online have been critical of Mone in AEW, criticizing her work or claiming she would surpass the current women’s roster. “I feel like Mercedes has been there and done everything,” Purrazzo said in response to this criticism. “There’s no exposing anyone in this situation, just uplifting anyone, and I just – the internet just drives me crazy sometimes! I can’t do it, I can’t do it!”

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If you use quotes from this article, please credit “SHAK Wrestling” and pass ah/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.